Guillen activated from DL

Carlos Guillen isn’t ready to bat right-handed just yet, nor he is ready to play in the field. But as a left-handed hitting DH, he’s a potential spark for the Tigers, who decided he was ready to return after his three-hit game for Triple-A Toledo Thursday night. Josh Anderson was designated for assignment to make room.

Jim Leyland said Guillen will DH both games of the doubleheader today. He’ll also hit fifth in a tweaked lineup that has Cabrera moved back to cleanup and Clete Thomas hitting third. Look for more on the site and on the blog soon.


  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Thomas, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Raburn, LF
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Dewayne Wise, CF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Jermaine Dye, RF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Paul Konerko, 1B
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Carlos Quentin, LF
  8. Chris Getz, 2B
  9. Gordon Beckham, 3B

P: Jose Contreras


Only thing I’d do different is swap Thomas and Granderson. Of course, Ozzie won’t hesitate to bring in a lefty to face Guillen first chance he gets, but that’s where Marcus comes in. Ozzie’s choice. Strategically, this works.

OK Fans, you too can be like DD & JL. All ya gotta do is ascribe to “Hope & Dream”. The good thing about the strategy is that it is perpetual and if you are a positive person there is always more of the same ahead of you. (Or is that negative?)

Where would we be without Hopes & Dreams? Why, Broadway wouldn’t even exist! Not to mention the movie business. 🙂

OK. Here we go again. The ability to score a guy from third with less than two outs. Polly?

Finally. Good sign right there.

Curtis in motion too. Another sign that JL is playing to win here.

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